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The [Thursday] Papers

"A federal judge again chided City Hall lawyers Wednesday for not moving quickly enough to turn documents over to the advocacy group whose lawsuit is blocking construction of movie mogul George Lucas' proposed $400 million lakefront museum," the Sun-Times reports.

"Those lawyers want U.S. District Judge John Darrah to lift an order barring construction from beginning at the site - a parking lot south of Soldier Field. But a lawyer for Friends of the Parks complained the group can't respond to the city's request and doesn't know when the city will turn documents over.

"Why don't you just turn it all over?" Darrah asked the city. "What's the secret?"

Well . . . there's one tiny vulnerability in the blueprints we don't want anybody to see.

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"City lawyer Sydney Schneider told the judge it's moving as fast as it can to respond to Friends of the Parks' 'very broad' document request."

Don't they just have a folder labeled "Star Wars Stuff?" The city needs a better filing system.

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The city reportedly claims there are 16,000 documents to sift through. Sixteen thousand? The only way that's possible is if it includes every draft of The Phantom Menace.

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"At an unrelated news conference Wednesday at CTA headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was asked why his administration was 'dragging its feet' on discovery in the Lucas Museum case.

"I would not describe what we're doing as dragging [our feet]. If anybody, I'd like to start digging and building in that process," the mayor said.

We're just trying to figure out how to do that without telling anyone!

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"We want to produce these documents. We just want to do it the right way," city attorney Schneider said, according to the Tribune's report.

Perhaps in a narratively artistic way?

Help us, Judge Darrah, you're our only hope!

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"Darrah seemed puzzled about the delay because at two recent hearings the city began pressing for an accelerated filing timeline."

This week's hearing completes the confusing trilogy!

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"Darrah ruled Feb. 4 that Friends of the Parks adequately states a claim, quashing hopes from the Lucas side that the lawsuit would be tossed out. No construction can begin at the site until a standstill order previously put in place is lifted."

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Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Catchers!
"Our Chicago Cubs enter 2016 with the sort of problem no fantasy baseball team ever has: They have four catchers, and at least three of them - Miguel Montero, Kyle Schwarber, and prospect Willson Contreras - seem worthy of playing time (though Contreras is likely to spend the season in the minors as the Cubs let David Ross have a farewell tour)," our very own Disco Dan O'Shea writes.

"Most fantasy teams won't keep more than two catchers on their rosters, and plenty of team owners are fine just having one, then playing waiver wire roulette if they end up needing a replacement for a stretch during the season.

"If you do like to keep an extra catcher on your bench, there are plenty of choices this year, though keep in mind there is only one truly safe bet for high-level fantasy production at this position."

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Art Institute's Martha Tedeschi.

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Thursday, March 10, 2016

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Including a donation from Gibson's criminal justice wing.

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Not sure he'd even get nominated today.

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I thought we all agreed on no more aisle-facers.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Overpromise, underdeliver.



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Posted on March 10, 2016


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